Dalai Lama court ruling welcomed

2012-11-29 14:29

Cape Town - Thursday's Supreme Court of Appeal ruling vindicates the view that the government broke the laws of the country in delaying a decision on a visa application by the Dalai Lama, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said.

Speaking from Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal via telephone to a media conference at Parliament, Buthelezi said he was delighted at the judgment.

"All this begs the question as to why the government, in twice preventing the entry of the Dalai Lama to South Africa, would do something so opposite to the will of the people of this country, the values of our Constitution, and all that which is good, noble, and decent in public affairs," said the Inkatha Freedom Party leader.

Buthelezi and Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota brought the appeal after the Western Cape High Court in February dismissed their application challenging the delay in government granting a visa to the Tibetan spiritual leader.

The court found the case moot, as the Dalai Lama had already cancelled his trip.

Freedom of association

Lekota said he was "thrilled that, once again, the rule of law had been upheld".

He said the Constitution provided Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and any other citizen, the right to freedom of association.

"If therefore, Archbishop Tutu or any other citizen of our country were to invite a friend to visit them, whether the majority party or the communist person does not like that person is irrelevant... the right given to us under our Constitution is to associate with whoever we choose to associate," said Lekota.

The Tibetan spiritual leader eventually cancelled his trip to South Africa to attend Tutu's 80th birthday on October 4, last year.

Tutu was outraged and accused the current government of being worse than the apartheid-era one.

  • mnguni.nyaziwe - 2012-11-29 14:36

    Recall zuma as the head of government

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-29 15:38

      So what is the point of this whole excercise? Nothing is going to come of it, no heads will roll, no one will get fired. For this ruling to have any meaning then those responsable for issueing visas should be held accountable for their actions or lack thereof.

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-29 15:44

      miopic mnguni But loooking at the amount of thumbs up you received it reminds me of the story of a mosquito: A young mosquito went out flying for the first time in his life. When it came back the father asked, how was it out there & how did you feel? The young mosquito replied, it was great daddy, everyone was clapping hands for me. The father replied ... Everyone was clapping hands for you? Everyone wanted to kill you. The more they clapped , the more chances you were going to die. LESSON: In life, not all the people who celebrate with you are well wishers!! Be wise!

  • courtney.crosson.7 - 2012-11-29 14:38

    Will the government be punished in any way?

      kevin.dry1 - 2012-11-29 16:03

      fine the government

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-29 14:42

    Any ruling which shows the injustice and manipulation of the current government is welcome! I just hope that this will lead to more such findings! Enough is enough of this dictatorship!

  • Dennis - 2012-11-29 14:45

    Hex you are an idiot. This is a big picture thing that had once again has shown hoe inept our government is. Pathetic is a better word. Unfortunately there is simply no one in government that had the morals to even feel embarrassed by this.

  • gerhardus.jansevanrensburg - 2012-11-29 14:45

    bla bla bla what you going to do...time travel...and they know it. Its the same with JZ unwillingness to debate until 2013. Is is just not smart enough and they know in 2013 you will not be able to do anything about it.

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-11-29 14:46

    "... in delaying a decision on a visa application..." I thought is standard in government to delay process?

  • hezekiel.lefopane - 2012-11-29 14:48

    We will still vote for ANC!!!!!

      gary.guy.507 - 2012-11-29 15:00

      And that is why you will always have a begging bowl in your hands!

      carlos.neves.77398 - 2012-11-29 15:11

      of course you will, you are an idiot and all the others that will do the same. You don't realize that for Government to start looking after you and your interests and not steal tax money and generally make bad decisions, they need to know that you will vote for someone else that will look better after you. this regime has no fear that tomorrow they may lose their job and the endless supply of funds to enlarge their homes.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-29 15:20

      And you will still be crying for jobs,health care ,education etc and toi toing because your wonderful anc cannot deliver!

      hezekiel.lefopane - 2012-11-29 15:22

      I thought in south africa we have “freedom of association” and Political rights as the constitution..why now call me an I'd iot for giving my vote to ANC..As for begging bowl we black esp in rural areas we live like one family..its in our culture to share..we not like other race and we don't want to adopt their life style....ANC is here to rule for years to come

      hezekiel.lefopane - 2012-11-29 15:31

      @shirly we have being crying for that for donkey least we are free to can travel all over the for a job is high time that we as south africans forget about freebies and create our own many foreignersr in the country making a lot for selling on the street, spaza shops and art n all those..what is it the DA will do to create jobs if we still lot of people who r still staying in shacks in the western cape, gugulethu, nyanda n khayelitsha for example .Viva ANC viva

      johnny.august.31 - 2012-11-29 15:41

      Not surprising at all Hezekiel ,most rural Stupid people like U Will never ever get civilised bcos of ur ignorant N dumbness ,keep on voting for one Party n still use a Pit toilet or drink water from the rivers ,U must start growing up n realise that ,the ANC u voting today will never B the one U voted in 1994 ,WAKE UP MY BROTHER

      hezekiel.lefopane - 2012-11-29 15:47

      @johny we have been doing same for donkey years..I think we still have same life style with people in urban areas is far better than I said go to Gugulethu, nyanda and khayelitsha in the weatern cape u l see what I mean...

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-29 15:53

      Heziekiel: Who,pray tell lets those foreigners flow freely ike a river over the border-??? None other than your beloved anc! Have you ever bothered to find out what the DA or any other party for that matter has to offer! Its time to face reality-after 18 odd years the anc hasnt delivered,they are filled to the brim with corruption,in fighting and arre power hungry and money mad,putting ONLY the chosen few first! You and millions of others are definately not amongst the chosen. If you want freedom for the generations to come-its time you took off the blinkers and dug deep-asking what/how exactly the anc has bettered your life and those shack dwellers in the past18 years!!!!!

  • Khanyile Busokwakhe - 2012-11-29 14:59

    there are so many serious issues do deal with as south african, buthelezi lekota your parties have so much problems to be solved you just worry about Dalai Lama visa thats why you will never ever defeat anc

      arthur.adams.988 - 2012-11-29 15:12

      Dude its the very same thing the apartheid Goverment did. How is that not a seriuos issue

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-29 16:03

      Aai yaai yaai!!!! You STILL dont get it!!! Its NOT because he was the Dalai Lama-its the way they manipulated the situation for their own devious reasons!!!!!!!!! Sorry-Im talking to a brick wasll!!!!

  • freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-11-29 15:10

    And then add in the effect of the bad press that the country gets internationally.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-11-29 15:12

    They dragged their feet because they did not want to upset the Chinese. We have become a Chinese Franchisee if you did not notice.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-11-29 15:15 the very least this arrogant mirages of a governing party and its MPs should be forced to make individual public apologies to the nation and the entire parliament. In the begining it was possible to use the 'they are new and inexperienced' they must start living in the real world of accountability.

  • deon.claassens.37 - 2012-11-29 15:31

    A lot of good this does now, friggin more than a year afterwards.

  • richard.bernardo.982 - 2012-11-29 15:31

    Well Done Dr.Buthelezi! Just like when you forced the Mbeki government to provide ARV drugs to AIDS patients through a court order!. It has henceforth saved thousands of lives. Thank you for championing these causes in your senior years! Because many of the younger politicians have lost their moral compass and we rely on people like you to breathe a breathe of hope that this country still has a future. Thank you

  • kingsley.mgidi - 2012-11-29 15:37

    what a hurting words 'current govenment is worse than apartheid era 1'...jst thnk abt this, a holy man old role model say this words! The current leadership is not what madiba and other heros have wanted, and ANC Members still want zuma 2 b a president again! This is a joke, cm on

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-29 16:06

      It has nothing to do with his leadership qualities-sadly people are still voting on colour and ethnicity[zulu etc]. They dont give one thought of where that precious vote will put them 10 years down the line. At the rate the anc is ruinong S.A currently in 10 years there will be bugger all!

  • almeleh - 2012-11-29 15:38

    JZ and ANC are shameless, gutless and clueless.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-11-29 15:46

    I hope that our govt will respect the decision of the court. We are still waiting for the release of Jacob Zuma's tapes. Bishop Tutu please invite the Dalai Lama when you are celebrating your 81st birthday next year

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-29 16:08

      Unfortunately I doubt very much if he will be allowed to attend.This country is dictated to by China and spoon fed with wonderful deals which are lining cadres pockets so they will have come up with a new scheme by then sadly!

  • ???? - 2012-11-29 16:17

    I'm still disappointed by Tutu. This men is a self proclaimed "god"... He is a former arch-bishop of the anglican church yet he is fighting for the company of this person without even talking him out of such madness. STUPID OLD MAN!!!

  • dalai.rama.9 - 2012-11-29 16:35

    That's good. I am coming!

  • mfanafuthi.mhlungu - 2012-11-29 17:08

    oh now buthelezi

  • gengxin.liang - 2013-01-31 09:56

    the government has to think about international relationship when they deal with this kind of issues. Just think about if someone want to invite leader of al-Qaeda, like or not, there will never be a "freedom of association" without control.

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